MSc Dental Public Health

The UCL MSc in Dental Public Health has a global reputation for high quality teaching.  UCL as one of the top 10 universities in the world provides a wonderful academic environment for post graduate teaching. Over the last 25 years over 300 dentists from around the world have successfully completed the UCL MSc in Dental Public Health. Many of these individuals (recently including Sara Hurley) are now senior academics or chief dentists in their home countries.

The course is run on a modular basis comprising 8 taught modules and a research dissertation. The modules are taught by core UCL Dental Public Health staff including Professor Richard WattProfessor Aubrey SheihamDr Georgios Tsakos and Professor Martin Hobdell and a collection of external experts.

Students who gain a merit or distinction in the MSc course are then encouraged to continue their studies at UCL by registering for a PhD. Currently there are 11 UCL Dental Public Health PhD students working on a wide range of innovative and interesting topics.


MSc in Dental Public Health

The MSc in Dental Public Health (DPH) is a one year full-time, or two year part-time programme, beginning in September each year, which has been running since 1976. The DPH Master's at UCL has an international reputation and over 200 students from all over the world have successfully completed the programme. Based in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health the programme provides a challenging and innovative course of study. A particular strength is the focus on exploring the application of public health philosophy to dental public health issues. The programme aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of dental public health and its application in the prevention and treatment of oral diseases.

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The aims of the Master's course in Dental Public Health are to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of dental public health and its application in the prevention and treatment of oral diseases.

The specific course objectives are to enable students to:

  1. understand the underlying philosophy of public health and dental public health
  2. apply the key principles of the Primary Health Care Approach
  3. apply the theory and practice of epidemiology, statistics and social sciences to dental public health
  4. understand the principles and practice of planning and evaluating oral health promotion interventions and dental health care systems

Students following the MSc programme will complete a dissertation that develops research skills and competencies in quantitative and qualitative research methods.

The MSc programme has been designed as a modular course over 3 terms.

Term One

Monday 28th September - Friday 18th December 2015
Module 1: Philosophy and Principles of Dental Public Health
Module 2: Basic Statistics and Medical Sciences
Module 3: Oral Epidemiology

Term Two

Monday 11th January - Wednesday 23rd March 2016
Module 4: Regression Modelling
Module 5: Research Methods in Dental Public Health 
Module 6: Principles and Practice of Oral Health Promotion

Term Three

Monday 25th April - Friday 10th June 2016
Module 7: Evidence-Based Dental Practice
Module 8: Principles of Planning
Module 9: Dissertation

The MSc degree (180 credits) is calculated as follows:

  • 120 Credits ( For 8 taught modules): Course work assessment including multiple-choice questions and open questions, essays, presentations, data analysis etc.
  • 60 Credits: Dissertation

The Diploma assessment is calculated as follows:

  • 120 Credits ( For 8 taught modules)
  • Teaching Assessment

Formal appraisal of teaching quality is carried out by colleagues, external assessors and anonymous student evaluation.

The MSc programme has been designed as a modular course over 3 terms

Courses are taught in a mixture of small seminars, larger lectures, supervised practical work and in computer based cluster rooms.  Specialist sessions and expert statistical assistance will also be provided.

All students and staff are encouraged to attend and participate in the department's lunchtime seminars and other research groups meetings.

Teaching Staff
Programme Director Professor Richard Watt. Leads the UCL Dental Public Health Research Group & Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.
Programme Administrator Louise Gregory
UCL Staff
Professor Aubrey Sheiham
Professor Martin Hobdell
Dr George Tsakos
Dr Anja Heilmann
Ms Huda Yusuf
Mr Patrick Rouxel
External Staff
Dr Paul Batchelor (Honorary Lecturer UCL)
Dr Paul Brocklehurst (University of Manchester)
Dr Blanaid Daly (King's College London)
Dr Helen Crawley (First Steps Nutrition)
Sue Gregory (Deputy Chief Dentist, Department of Health)
Professor Ian Needleman (Eastman Dental Institute)
Professor Tim Newton (King's College London)
Jenny Oliver (Berkshire East & Buckinghamshire PCT)
Professor Elizabeth Treasure (Cardiff University)
Professor Kasturi Warnakulasuriya (King's College London)

Entry Requirements: A dental degree or dental therapy/hygiene degree from a recognised university and relevant experience in dental public health or community dentistry.

For overseas students:  IELTS (British Council's International English Language Testing System) with a minimum overall grade of 6.5 and minimum score of 6.0 in each subset. Visit English Language Requirements for more information including details for other English language tests accepted by UCL.

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For enquiries please contact: 

Dental Public Health Group
Dept of Epidemiology and Public Health
UCL, 1-19 Torrington Place
London WC1E 6BT

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7679 1996; Fax: +44 (0) 20 7813 0280